The Golden Legend: Readings on the Saints

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Overview

"Since its completion around 1260, The Golden Legend has been a constant source of inspiration for Christian writers and artists, and it still reverberates within the Catholic tradition. Anyone interested in medieval religion and art and in Catholic culture will be delighted with this new edition of the English translation. Scholars and enthusiasts alike will also enjoy Eamon Duffy's informative and engaging introduction to it."--Miri Rubin, Queen Mary University of London

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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
[The Golden Legend] came to serve as the literary equivalent of wall-paintings and stained glass. . . . For the translation of the work in its entirety into English we have had to wait 700 years for the energy and learning of a distinguished American academic, William Granger Ryan.
— Gerard Irvine
Sunday Telegraph
Art historians depend on it. Medievalists should know it inside-out. . . . [F]or the rest of us it remains a treasure-house of European culture, crammed full of the things which everyone, once upon a time, used to know.
— Noel Malcolm
Church Times
Princeton University Press's volume must rank as one of the most useful reprints of the year for church historians, art historians, and students of medieval and early modern literature.
— Dr. Alison Shell
Times Literary Supplement - Gerard Irvine
[The Golden Legend] came to serve as the literary equivalent of wall-paintings and stained glass. . . . For the translation of the work in its entirety into English we have had to wait 700 years for the energy and learning of a distinguished American academic, William Granger Ryan.
Sunday Telegraph - Noel Malcolm
Art historians depend on it. Medievalists should know it inside-out. . . . [F]or the rest of us it remains a treasure-house of European culture, crammed full of the things which everyone, once upon a time, used to know.
Doctor; Church Times - Alison Shell
Princeton University Press's volume must rank as one of the most useful reprints of the year for church historians, art historians, and students of medieval and early modern literature.
Church Times - Dr. Alison Shell
Princeton University Press's volume must rank as one of the most useful reprints of the year for church historians, art historians, and students of medieval and early modern literature.
From the Publisher

"[The Golden Legend] came to serve as the literary equivalent of wall-paintings and stained glass. . . . For the translation of the work in its entirety into English we have had to wait 700 years for the energy and learning of a distinguished American academic, William Granger Ryan."--Gerard Irvine, Times Literary Supplement

"Art historians depend on it. Medievalists should know it inside-out. . . . [F]or the rest of us it remains a treasure-house of European culture, crammed full of the things which everyone, once upon a time, used to know."--Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph

"Princeton University Press's volume must rank as one of the most useful reprints of the year for church historians, art historians, and students of medieval and early modern literature."--Dr. Alison Shell, Church Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691154077
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/22/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 824
  • Sales rank: 243,702
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author


William Granger Ryan was a priest in the diocese of Brooklyn and Queens and president of Seton Hill College. Eamon Duffy is professor of the history of Christianity at Cambridge University. His books include "The Stripping of the Altars" and "Saints and Sinners".
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